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Charles Carter joined Beeson Divinity School’s faculty in 1999 and teaches Ministry Leadership Development. A native of Birmingham, he has served as pastor of churches in Alabama and Kentucky, has held leadership roles in the Southern Baptist Convention, including nine years on the International Mission Board, and served two terms as president of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Carter was senior pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Birmingham, 1971–98, and now regularly serves as an interim pastor for Alabama Baptist congregations. He has been distinguished visiting professor of religion at Judson College, Marion, Alabama. He and his wife, Janice, have two adult daughters.